The top questions I always have when it comes to developing great leadership is….
1. How do you recruit good and committed volunteers?
2. How do you ensure commitment to quality and standards?
3. How do you “fire” or remove bad volunteers?
The reality is that nothing replaces clear communication of expectations and standards from the beginning. When people know what you expect, they can decide to be involved or stay away! Be clear, concise and bold. If there is no compromise of standards in the beginning, there will be very little trouble upholding those standards!
The fact is that great leaders are characterized by asking their teams to commit and be accountable!
Here is a simple tool I use in ministry to ensure quality volunteers, who are committed to the vision and mission of our ministry. It is a very useful tool in the accountability of volunteers when problems arise….Something very few leaders prepare for!
1. Be committed to seeking God in your personal life
This means you are committed to regular study of the scriptures & prayer
2. Be committed to the vision and mission
We find success through our team’s support and belief in the vision of the ministry. Your support to continuing the vision is of the highest importance. We must all be unified in our purpose! Support through attitude, action and words.
3. Mentor someone to take your place
We must be committed to raising up and training the next generation of leadership! We desire your help in preparing those who aren’t quite ready to be leaders. We will help you get paired up with someone to mentor. We are called to multiply leadership!
4. Have a follow-up meeting every 8-12 weeks
Every 8-12 weeks you need to meet with your team leader. This is just to see how you are doing and keep up with how you feel about being a leader. It helps us supply the resources, training and support you need to be successful!
5. Be consistent in attendance (80%)
Part of being a leader is being visible. People follow people who show interest and involvement in the greater vision and mission.
6. Maintain a Christ-like lifestyle in as much as possible.
I will covenant to maintain a Christ-Like lifestyle in my public and private life. I will abstain from sexually immorality of all kinds. (pre-marital sex, extra- marital sex, pornography, etc) I will abstain from the abuse of drugs and alcohol. I will avoid participating in gossip at all costs.
I covenant to abide by all the above expectations during my time as a leader. It is my goal to pursue excellence and glorify Christ in all I do. As a representative of God, our church and our ministries, I will seek to support and grow the vision and mission. I understand that should I fail to meet these expectations, I forfeit my position as a leader. In that instance I will be asked to discontinue serving until the issues have been resolved and my lifestyle exhibits evidence of these expectations.